04/18/14 9:43pm

Public safety personnel of the Alexandria Fire Department, Alexandria Police Department and Sheriff’s Office were honored this week for their heroic acts of valor at the 2014 Public Safety Valor Awards Ceremony & Luncheon hosted by the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce. Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy, who is recovering from a shooting in Old Town Alexandria, received the ‘Gold Valor’ award.

If you missed the event like I did, the video of the ceremony is above.

Thank you to all our first responders!

04/18/14 5:31pm

IMHO, Mayor Bill Euille, who’s running for Congress, ups the ante in the race for Jim Moran’s old seat in the 8th Congressional District here with a really good first TV ad called ‘Odds’. The ad highlights his upbringing, beating the odds, and how he can help the community beat the odds in Congress. For more about Mayor Bill Euille, visit this link.

What do you think??

04/18/14 10:14am

The 'Baseball Boat' at the Old Town Marina

UPDATE (10:48 AM): Fixed title to read ‘Nationals Park’ not ‘Nationals Parks’

Today, the Washington Nationals are taking on the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park in D.C. in the second game of their series. Instead of driving, consider skipping the traffic and ride the Potomac Riverboat Company’s ‘Baseball Boat’ to the game located in Southeast Washington D.C.

If you buy your tickets online, you get free parking. Cruise time is about 30 minutes (sure beats driving or a Metrorail train) and departs from the stadium 20 minutes after the last pitch. Boat operates for 80% of Nationals games – check website for specific available dates. Times vary upon Nationals schedule and tickets cost One-way $15; Round-trip $25.

For more information, call 703-684-0580 or visit http://www.baseballboat.com.

04/18/14 9:56am

George Washington @ Historic Christ Church Easter Sunday Alexandria Virginia

Today is Good Friday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar as it is the day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. The day is a solemn one so I thought what could we do on Good Friday for a flashback?

Since Easter is this Sunday, via the Library of Congress, here is a full length portrait from Jean Leon Gerome Ferris of George Washington on Easter Sunday in 1795 standing beside a horse drawn carriage in front of Historic Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia while others gather around him. For more about the history of Historic Christ Church, visit this link.

04/18/14 9:03am

Bike lanes on Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria, Virginia

Update (09:30 AM): Councilman Justin Wilson provided link to plan implementation for the bike lanes/sharrows in this area.

City contractors were out painting new bike lanes/sharrows along Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle yesterday. The bike lanes/sharrows run from the Courthouse Square and Jamieson Avenue intersection down to the Jamieson Avenue and John Carlyle Street intersection.

Councilman Justin Wilson provides a link to the plan implementation for the bike lanes/sharrows along this route.

While there are many bikers that traverse along Jamieson Avenue, and as someone who has lived in this area for more than a dozen years, I do have a concern about these lanes/sharrows and that is the Dulany Street and Jamieson Avenue intersection.

Residents of this area have asked the City of Alexandria for help all along the Jamieson Avenue corridor for years. These requests have fallen on deaf ears. We have asked for a traffic study, stop signs, speed bumps, help from Alexandria Police, etc to help slow down traffic along this corridor. The City installed paddle signs in a couple of crosswalks but, traffic has not slowed one bit and pedestrians in this area feel they are still taking a risk when crossing Jamieson.

Will the bike lanes/sharrows help curb the problem? So far, from what I have seen, the answer is no.

IMHO, a big problem will be the Dulany Street/Jamieson Avenue intersection. Many bikers currently ride on the sidewalk around this intersection especially during the AM/PM rush hour because traffic is so heavy along this route during rush hour. I spoke to two last night who said essentially the same thing. You see, cars routinely double up at this intersection, especially during rush hour, along Jamieson (see below photo for an example) and cars go around each other without looking.

I want to hear from bikers, pedestrians, residents, and concerned citizens. What are your thoughts on these new lanes/sharrows? Is this good for Carlyle?

Jamieson Avenue in Carlyle area of Alexandria Virginia looking East

04/17/14 10:42pm